Originally published as a special issue of the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, this volume explores how researchers, educators, artists, and scholars can collaborate with, and engage young people in art, creative practice, and research to work towards social justice and political engagement. 

By critically interrogating the dominant discourses, cultural, and structural obstacles that we all face today, this volume explores the potential of critical arts pedagogies and community-based research projects to empower young people as agents of social change. Chapters offer nuanced analyses of the limits of arts-based social justice collaborations, and grapple with key ethical, practical, and methodological issues that can arise in creative approaches to youth participatory action research. Theoretical contributions are enhanced by Notes from the Field, which highlight prime examples of arts-based youth work occurring across North America. As a whole, the volume powerfully advocates for collaborative creative practices that facilitate young people to build power, hope, agency, and skills through creative social engagement. 

This volume will be of interest to scholars, researchers, postgraduate students, and scholar-practitioners involved in community- and arts-based research and education, as well as those working with marginalized youth to improve their opportunities and access to a quality education and to deepen their political participation and engagement in intergenerational partnerships aiming to increase the conditions for social justice. 

chapter |2 pages

Education for Liberation Timeline

By Project South: Institute for the Elimination of Poverty & Genocide

chapter |16 pages


A Playlist for a Praxis of Possibilities: Reflecting on Creative and Critical Research with Young People

section |58 pages

Art is a rigorous medium for analyzing, producing, and sharing knowledge

chapter 1|24 pages

Countering Dominant Discourses about Youth

Critical Arts Approaches to Analyze Ideological and Institutional Oppressions

chapter |5 pages


Let’s Flip It

chapter 2|27 pages

Youthspaces as Places of Possibility

Art, Activism, and Collective Healing with Young People

section |49 pages

Authentic and reciprocal relationships matter

chapter 3|22 pages

Street Wisdom

A Critical Study on Youth Homelessness and Decolonizing Arts-based Research

chapter 4|19 pages

Storying Youth Lives

Focusing on Equity and Engagement in Teaching and Teacher Education

section |43 pages

Change can occur on multiple levels, oftentimes simultaneously

chapter 5|20 pages

In the Space Between Us

Reflections for Adult Audience Members of Youth-Centered Participatory Research

chapter 6|19 pages

Where Did We Go Right (and Wrong)?

Reflecting on Definitions of Success and Failure with Youth-Led Organizers

section |37 pages

It is all about praxis and the process

chapter |2 pages


Presenting Our Perspective on Philly Youth News

chapter 8|14 pages

Walking on Ice

A Call to Tread Carefully, Think Reflexively, and Cultivate Dialogic Sectoral and Institutional Inquiry in the Enactment of Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR)

chapter |2 pages

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